William R. BOOKER b. 04/06/1922 MO d. 09/25/1965 San Joaquin Co. mother's maiden name:MCGHEE s.s. no. 560-20-4131
This is from the CA death index at www.rootsweb.com; is he the person you're looking for?If so, did he have a brother?
Virgil Lee BOOKER b. 02/28/1928 MO d. 09/21/1992 Monterey Co. mother's maiden name:MCGHEE s.s. no. 565-36-7254 last residence:Salinas
Re Herschel:was he born in CA?Did he have siblings?Two names come up, but neither really fits what you've said.
Robert Gayle MCGHEE b. 07/05/1916 CA d. 04/22/1944 Alameda Co. mother's maiden name:GAYLE
Hershel Lee MCGEE b. 12/15/1924 d. 09/10/1944 San Joaquin Co. mother's maiden name:Gargus s.s. no. 379-18-7367
If it's the first one, he had three siblings who also died in Alameda Co. (one brother and two sisters).The second name is compelling, but if Hershel drowned in Lake Merritt, he obviously didn't die in SanJoaquin Co.